Hari and I recently signed up for Amazon DVD Rental By Post – where you are able to rent DVDs through a monthly subscription and have the discs sent to you through the post, which you then send back when you’re finished. There’s no limit to how long you can hang onto the DVD and no late-return fines, but you’re limited to a set number of discs per month and can only have 1 or 2 discs out at a time.
So far we’ve watched The Producers (third time I’ve seen it, but it’s a good film) and Æon Flux, which was a film we’d seen advertised but had never got around to seeing at the cinema. This is in fact a trend amongst the films we’ve put on our rental list – they’re all films which we probably wouldn’t buy, but either looked interesting or that we’d missed at the cinema. We’re only paying £6 per month for 2 films, and £3 is roughly the price of a cinema ticket here, except that you don’t have to get a taxi there and back and can watch it as many times as you want. You can also rent any one of the thousands of DVDs that Amazon have in stock, not just what happens to be on at the cinema or available at the local video rental shop.
As for Æon Flux – not a bad film; initially very confusing but it all gets explained at the end. Probably a 6/10 from me – very nice visuals but not the best acting I’ve seen.